Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr is feeling better as he deals with complications from back surgery, and hopes to be back on the bench in the coming weeks. Kerr attended practice Monday and Tuesday and was at the team's shootaround Wednesday ahead of Golden State's home game against Phoenix. "What I've learned is that I miss it," Kerr said in a hallway near the team's locker room. "I'm still hoping in the next two to three weeks to be back on the bench."
Rusty Simmons: Warriors backup Shaun Livingston said head coach Steve Kerr has been more vocal in film sessions and practices since the team returned home.
Head coach Steve Kerr was a familiar, unmistakable presence at Tuesday’s practice. The Warriors are offering no target for Kerr’s return to the bench, but he’s clearly making progress in his recovery from two offseason back surgeries. “He’s acting more like himself and joking more like himself,” interim head coach Luke Walton said Tuesday. “As far as what that means for his return, we still have no idea — but it’s nice to see more of his old self.”
Tim Kawakami: Asked Kerr if there was ever a thought he might miss the whole season. Kerr: "I don't think that way at all. I think I'll be back... I don't know exactly when, but I think I will be back coaching again this season." Said this home stand will be a good measure.
Kerr is there in Walton’s ear almost every step of the way, making the most of a connection that he knew would be important here. "We're talking normally a couple times a day now," Walton said of Kerr, who is still unsure when he’ll return. "And if it’s a home game, we talk at halftime, we talk pregame, we talk at shootarounds. It’s getting more and more."
Head coach Steve Kerr continues to be sidelined by complications from his offseason back surgeries, and general manager Bob Myers told USA TODAY Sports he still has no clarity as to when Kerr will return. But Kerr remains very involved with the team, having spent time with the players and coaches at shootaround in Los Angeles on Thursday morning and attending Friday night's game.
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The Golden State Warriors have been without Steve Kerr since training camp, as the head coach recovers from a spinal fluid leak. The team has not given a timetable for his return, but one Warriors player said that he might not be back until after February's All-Star festivities. "We had a chance to catch up with coach Kerr before the game and he still seemed very fatigued, told us he's dealing with headaches, is still heavily medicated," ESPN's J.A. Adande reported during the Warriors' game against the Los Angeles Clippers on Wednesday. "Yet [he] did get a chance to talk to the team after its 50-point victory over the Memphis Grizzlies the other day. He joked with them that, 'It's obvious you guys need me.' Now, they took that as a good sign his sense of humor was back. But he's still far away. In fact, one player told me they wouldn't be surprised if it takes him until after the All-Star break to return. And they're prepared to go that long without him."
"I know I'm on the right track, the right path," Kerr said. "I'm very confident that I will be back this season and I can't wait; it's killing me. It is killing me not to be out there tonight."
He said there’s also “a decent chance” he’ll go with the team to Houston and New Orleans later this week… and that–as he gradually feels better and starts to exercise–he’s sure he’ll be back coaching at some point this season.
Kerr had surgery to repair a ruptured disk in his back July 28, but during the procedure, the dura surrounding the spinal cord was nicked and caused spinal-fluid leakage. On Sept. 4, Kerr had a second operation to patch the leak, but five weeks later, he’s still having adverse symptoms while taking a leave of absence from the team. “The body forms spinal fluid constantly,” said Dr. Neel Anand, the director of spine trauma at Cedars-Sinai Spine Center in Los Angeles. “As long as it doesn’t continue to leak, he’ll make a full recovery and be back to normal.”
January 25, 2021 | 9:39 pm EST Update
Kendra Andrews: Kerr said the Anthony Edwards was in the mix for the Warriors’ No. 2 draft pick. “We worked him out twice. He’s an immensely gifted guy … He’s got a bright future. I mean, he’s just so talented and raw. Similar to James.”
Drew Shiller: Steve Kerr on Andrew Wiggins: “We’re asking him to score with consistency, but we don’t have to have him carry our franchise. We’ve got Steph Curry doing that. I really look forward to when Klay comes back …”
Jon Krawczynski: Wiggins has a history of going big against the Cavs, who traded him, and his hometown Raptors. Saunders expecting him to bring it tonight. “I’ve seen it before. I expect his best shot.”
Kerith Burke: Rick Welts said on Warriors Pregame Live they sent a proposal to the city to test fans and get them back inside Chase Center safely. Those conversations are ongoing. “We’re really hopeful, by end of the season, we can welcome fans back,” Welts said.
Josh Robbins: Final: Magic 117, Hornets 108 Vucevic: 28 pts., 12 rebs., 7 assts. Anthony: 21 pts. (career high), 5 rebs., 3 assts. Hayward: 24 pts., 5 rebs., 4 assts. 3-pointers: Magic 19/37, Hornets 11/38
January 25, 2021 | 8:51 pm EST Update
Connor Letourneau: Kerr is going to start Looney instead of Wiseman tonight at center. “Basically you’ve heard me all year talk about trying to establish ourselves as a defensive team, and the last two games have been disappointing,” Kerr said. “The hope is we can get off to a better start.”